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NASCAR Ford Truck Teams Fall Short At Pocono July 2023: Video

Pocono Raceway wasn’t overly kind to the NASCAR Ford truck teams this past weekend, as the dominant Ford F-150 race truck was swept into a wreck and finished near the bottom of the lineup, while the best-finishing Blue Oval racer just didn’t have what was needed to keep up with the Chevy and Toyota competitors near the front of the field on July 22nd, 2023.

Zane Smith, reigning Truck Series champion and driver of the No. 38 NASCAR Ford F-150, led 19 laps during the race and won Stage 1 and Stage 2. However, while he earned valuable points to narrow the gap on the championship leader, pit strategy mired him deep in the pack during the final stage of the race. Smith’s No. 38 F-150 was then swept up into a 10-truck wreck late in the race, severely damaging the race truck and forcing Smith to retire.

Smith’s No. 38 NASCAR Ford truck team now sits 42 points behind points leader Corey Heim, driver of the No. 11 Toyota TRD Tundra.

Meanwhile, the best finish posted by a Blue Oval racer was earned by Ty Majeski, who piloted the No. 98 F-150 to a sixth-place finish. The No. 99 F-150 of Ben Rhodes finished ninth, the only other Ford team to finish inside the top 10. The No. 51 Chevy Silverado RST of Kyle Busch was the winner, followed closely by the No. 11 Tundra of Heim.

NASCAR Truck Series Race Results, Pocono Raceway, July 22, 2023
Finish Start Car Number Driver Team Laps Run Laps Led Car
1 12 51 Kyle Busch(i) Zariz Transport Chevrolet 60 7 Chevrolet Silverado RST
2 9 11 Corey Heim Safelite Toyota 60 27 Toyota TRD Tundra
3 11 17 Taylor Gray # JBL Toyota 60 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
4 14 61 Christopher Bell(i) Gunma Toyopet Toyota 60 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
5 3 23 Grant Enfinger Champion Power Equipment Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
6 34 98 Ty Majeski Farm Paint/Curb Records Ford 60 0 Ford F-150
7 35 19 Christian Eckes NAPA Auto Care Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
8 33 5 Dean Thompson Thompson Pipe Group Toyota 60 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
9 22 99 Ben Rhodes Kubota Ford 60 0 Ford F-150
10 8 25 Matt DiBenedetto Rackley Roofing Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
11 4 42 Carson Hocevar Worldwide Express Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
12 18 16 Tyler Ankrum LiUNA! Toyota 60 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
13 21 13 Hailie Deegan Ford Performance/KittyKatCoin Ford 60 0 Ford F-150
14 25 88 Matt Crafton Ideal Door/Menards Ford 60 0 Ford F-150
15 26 9 Colby Howard Grant County Mulch Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
16 7 24 Rajah Caruth # Wendell Scott Foundation Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
17 20 43 Daniel Dye # Champion Container Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
18 10 4 Chase Purdy Bama Buggies Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
19 1 2 Nick Sanchez # Gainbridge Chevrolet 60 7 Chevrolet Silverado RST
20 17 44 Kaden Honeycutt Niece Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
21 36 56 Tyler Hill Hill Motorsports Toyota 60 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
22 24 75 Parker Kligerman(i) Tide Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
23 31 4 Cory Roper CarQuest Ford 60 0 Ford F-150
24 32 22 Stephen Mallozzi GreatPoconoHomes.com Ford 60 0 Ford F-150
25 30 12 Spencer Boyd Richmar Florist Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
26 29 33 Josh Reaume JAG Metals LLC Ford 60 0 Ford F-150
27 27 45 Lawless Alan AUTOParkit Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
28 19 2 Stefan Parsons(i) CRC Brakleen Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
29 28 32 Bret Holmes # Bret Holmes Racing Chevrolet 60 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
30 23 41 Ross Chastain(i) Worldwide Express Chevrolet 52 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
31 15 1 Kaz Grala(i) Serial 1 Premium E-Bikes Toyota 51 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
32 16 52 Stewart Friesen Halmar International Toyota 51 0 Toyota TRD Tundra
33 5 7 Austin Hill(i) ARCO Design/Build Chevrolet 51 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
34 6 38 Zane Smith Birch Gold Group Ford 51 19 Ford F-150
35 2 35 Jake Garcia # Adapitive One Calipers Chevrolet 45 0 Chevrolet Silverado RST
36 13 15 Tanner Gray Mobil 1 Toyota 3 0 Toyota TRD Tundra

# – Rookie
i – Points ineligible
* – Part-time driver

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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Comments

  1. blksn8k

    The speed issue must be with aero ’cause they all have cheby engines anyway.

    Reply
  2. wayne guess

    may help if they had ford power

    Reply

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